Why have the trees turned brown?
Why are the leaves on the ground?
Can I kick them?
Why are the mornings so dark?
Has the sun gone to bed?
Can I go too?
Where have the flowers gone?
Are they hiding?
Can I hide?
Is that a squirrel in the wood?
Where is he going?
Can I chase him?
Has the summer gone now?
Is it on holiday?
Can I go?
What’s a conker?
Can I have one?
Where does rain come from?
Can I jump in that puddle?
I like puddles.
Can I wear my wellies to the park?
Can I wear them to bed?
I like wellies.
Can we watch some fireworks?
What are fireworks?
I don’t like fireworks.
Why is the sky blue?
My nose is snuffly.
Where’s the Calpol?
This challenge was set by Emma from Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest. This was my favourite tip of hers:
“Get creative – Have your children decorate their poem with autumn leaves or drawings and paintings of autumnal scenes. And, if you’re kids are feeling confident, have them read out their poem and share the video on your blog.”
My little ones are too small for some of this but we have had great fun in the park, in the woods, on the bike, collecting leaves and making a, slightly wonky, autumn crown.
This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 November challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Longleat Forest. Actually I would be overjoyed!
Linking up to Kids In The Kitchen.
To see if Center Parcs might work your your family check out this fabulous Center Parcs holiday review by Actually Mummy.
UPDATE 17/01/2014: A HUGE THANKS TO ALL WHO COMMENTED FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I AM DELIGHTED TO SAY THAT WE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO BE CENTER PARCS FAMILY AMBASSADORS FOR 2014!
I’ve said it before, you’re in the wrong job my love. Brilliant! x
Thank you honey, you are very kind x
I love this Jen – love it! Good luck xx
Thank you! I would so love to take the boy to Center Parcs. Am keeping everything crossed.
Nikki Thomas says
Aw that is really lovely! I didn’t know you were a poet too! Good luck x
Mahaha, you are very kind 🙂
Michael Cargill says
Yeah, but just think – with all that knowledge he’s accumulating, he’ll be the brightest kid in his class when he starts school.
I guess that is one way of looking at it. He asked me yesterday if the Tombliboos had bits. It took me a moment but eventually responded with “No. Just trousers.”
Cracking poem x
Ah, you are all so kind. Thank you x
Lovely, Miss Whitley would be proud! We’re going to Sherwood next weekend and I can’t wait.
I am so jealous! Am sure you will have a fabulous time lovely x
The Ana Mum Diary says
Awh, this is so sweet, good luck 🙂
Thank you, I have EVERYTHING crossed. Ouch.
Emma (@emvanstone) says
I love it, just brilliant!
Wow, thank you Emma. You are all being very nice x
Liz Burton says
Can I kick them? Yes you can!
Great poem, totally sums up Autumn for me. x
Thanks Liz. We have had a lot of fun this Autumn. All be it a rather wet one!
maggy, red ted art says
Oh my that is adorable!! Genius. Totally love it! You should make it into a “Pinnable” image 🙂
I should Maggy. Might do that now x
Cakesphotoslife (Angie) says
What a lovely poem, sums up autumn so well, good luck x
Thank you Angie x
Oh this is gorgeous and I totally identify with the million and one questions!
They are truly never-ending. And I guess they must come in stereo for you honey!
Ali at http://www.kidschaos.com says
this is beautiful!!
Thanks ever so much 🙂
That looks like so much fun – I love the colours at this time of year x x x
I’ve never been to Center Parcs and I’m in two minds about whether I want to go or not so I’ll keep my fingers crossed you win and you can tell us all about it and persuade me 😉
I certainly will Cass 😉
This is why I adore kids!
Ha ha. The endless questions you mean? 😉
Love this very much. It is so Autumn – so parenting or rolled together.
Oh bless you, thanks Gemma x
Anya from Older Single Mum and The Healer says
Sums up Autumn perfectly 🙂
Thank you Anya 🙂
That is lovely 🙂 Good luck!
Thanks Jennifer 🙂
Nice to revisit Autumn through the eyes of a little one, thanks Jen
Thanks Jenny. Hope all is good with you guys x
Jo Glasspool says
Autumn through a child’s eyes, summed up brilliantly! Good luck x
Thank you Jo. Am keeping everything crossed 🙂
Bury Family Life says
aww what a lovely autumn poem.
Thanks ever so much 🙂
Hilda Wright says
Excellent, just reminds me what it’s like to have a young child with endless questions…wears you out and you can’t keep up, but they always seem to come up with great and reasonable questions!
They certainly do! Thanks for popping by.
Nicola C says
You have captured the wonder of Autumn perfectly – hope you win
Thank you Nicola, that is so kind x
Margaret Cumiskey says
Brilliant poem and so funny, well done and love the pictures
Aww, thanks Mum 🙂
Oh you should so win – what a fantastic poem, and it really struck a chord with me. I have a very inquisitive 6 year old and it sounds just like him. Am loving the artwork too – he would love to make one of those.
Super simple to make and collecting the leaves together was fun! Thanks lovely x
Thank you 🙂
Trish - Mum's Gone to says
The summer is indeed on holiday! Hope it comes back soon.
Lovely sentiments in this poem, bringing back memories of my boy at a similar age stuffing his pockets full of conkers.
The boy has just discovered the joy of conkers!
GERALDINE SIMMONDS says
Beautiful poem Jenny. It made me laugh and cry!!!!!
Oh thank you…and sorry!
Helen Neale (@KiddyCharts) says
This is gorgeous, Jen – what a wonderful and lovely poem – you definitely missed your vocation…an much luck to you too.
Oh, thank you Helen x
Fabulous, just fabulous! Anthology next… x
Ha ha….if only 🙂
i love your post.inspirational. xxx
Wow, thank you Otilia x
lovely! good luck! x
Thanks Fritha! I have EVERYTHING crossed lol 🙂
76 sunflowers says
Love the poem and your take on decorations is perfect 🙂
Oh thank you 🙂
What a fabulous poem, really enjoyable to read x
Thank you so much Emily, you are very kind. Have been a bit blown away by all the lovely comments.
My Monkeys Don't Sit Still says
What a fab poem and post. Found you via the @CenterParcs tweets! Good luck!
Thank you ever so much and for commenting x